The night was dark and cold.
An out-of-season snow storm had blown across town dumping over two feet of snow and downing power lines everywhere. Thousands of homes were without electricity, including ours. Normally, this would mean lighting a candle and hunkering down with a book to read, but this time it was different.
There was no time for reading.
As the storm roared outside our home, another storm was brewing inside.
I was a new momma with a sick newborn.
If desperation and fear had tried to creep in before the lights went out, it was now full blown. I paced the floor cradling my young love and crying out to the Lord, “Please help me; please calm this child; and please help him go to sleep.”
No more had those words crossed my lips when my son’s last feeding began spewing down my back and onto the floor. It sounded like water being poured from a cup. Gingerly, I walked into the next room, attempting to keep my feet from encountering the mess.
I called for my husband.
He grabbed some towels and his cell phone. With the light of his phone, he attempted to clean the floor, but resolved to wait until morning when more light would come.
This wasn’t how I envisioned motherhood.
Where were the tender coos and precious cuddles? I was tired. Confused. And, in this moment, desperate for light. More than the glimmer coming off the end of my husband’s phone.
It can leave us in the dark sometimes. And not just the dark of a night without electricity. But in the dark of circumstances.
When trouble lingers and help feels far away.
When questions amass and answers don’t come.
If relationships fail and loneliness swells.
If choices are wrong and guilt grows.
These are the times when we are truly desperate for light. Not the light of a candle or flashlight, but the light of Jesus.
Jesus the Light of the World
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV
Jesus, the One born as a babe and cradled by Mary on a dark, cold night in a messy outside stable.
He is the One who has rescued us from the darkness.
He is the one who has come to bring hope and peace when all feels lost.
Though the night may tarry for a while, He will never leave us in the dark.
The day we committed to Him, he committed His light to us.
He is the light of the world.
Maybe you’re in a tough spot right now. Perhaps you’re seeking light for dark situation…..
Know this friend, Jesus is there for you. All you have to do is call out to Him. He hears you and is faithful to respond.
I pray this Christmas, that the promise of Jesus’ light would shine into the dark places of your life, depositing hope and peace for the New Year.
About the Author:
Leigh Ellen Eades is a writer on a mission to tell Jesus’ story. She’s passionate about her family, treasures coffee with friends and relishes quiet moments reading a book. You can connect with Leigh Ellen on Facebook, Twitter or her blog, www.raisinganarrow.org. Facebook | Twitter